Winter World (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Nature - 400 pages
88 Reviews

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

  

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This is a well researched book. - Goodreads
A nice blend of science and story telling... - Goodreads
Purely scientific and very educational. - Goodreads
Easy to read, but not "dumbed down science". - Goodreads
He is an excellent and engaging writer. - Goodreads
His illustrations in the book were wonderful. - Goodreads

Review: Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

This was truly what I'd call weird science. While it was fascinating at times, the author is just plain weird. In one moment, he's quoting fascinating scientific studies while explaining the biology ... Read full review

Review: Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

User Review  - Barb - Goodreads

On my second read of this fabulous exploration of the world of a northern winter, I enjoyed it even more. It's best to read it like this--just as you're chasing winter out! Fascinating to read about ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Note on Terms and Definitions
7
Fire and Ice
13
Snow and the Subnivian Space
21
A Late Winter Walk
33
Tracking a Weasel
47
Nests and Dens
55
Flying Squirrels in a Huddle
79
16
207
Of Bats and Butterflies
217
18
229
Winter Flocks
239
Berries Preserved
247
21
255
Storing Food
265
Bees Winter Gamble
275

Hibernating Squirrels Heating Up to Dream
95
The Kinglets Feathers
109
The Kinglets Winter Fuel
119
Hibernating Birds
131
Winter Buds
291
The Kinglets Key?
299
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About the author (2009)

The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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